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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1978-11-13

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1978-11-13

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Promised Land, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Peggy-O, Cassidy, Tennessee Jed, Minglewood Blues, Stagger Lee, Jack Straw Mississippi Half Step-> Franklin's Tower, Samson & Delilah, Friend Of The Devil, Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Black Peter-> Playin' In The Band-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Music Hall
Location Boston, MA

Source Audience Recording
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Reviewer: BearPear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2016
Subject: Ralphie Miracle Show
First year of college, coming down from Maine with no ticket but praying to the One, the Only One that I should get a ticket for $10. We got to Boston and it was double sold out with thousands of people looking for a ticket. First time that I thought I may end up spending the night in a bar. Just as my friends were about to go in, Dave runs into his brother Ralphie, who says, "Anybody need a ticket? I got one for $10!" The music hall is an old time theatre venue, seating a couple thousand people at the most. Every seat was great and you can hear how much fun the band is having. It was like being in your living room with your favorite band! I remember at the time that everything clicked in musically and with the audience during Tenessee Jed. From there, it gets tighter and tighter. It was a love fest!
Reviewer: mnnt - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2016
Subject: Gosh darn Whistler
Whoever the idiot was who whistled during this whole show including the entire second set I hope karma got you, this was a very good show on a night when Jerry was ON. the entire first set sparkles with Keith laying some good piano which was rare, second set has a great half step into Franklins and end with a barnburner round and round with the whistler blowing like a boiling teapot, (that sob! )
Reviewer: envisciguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2014
Subject: Bus trip
6 of us at the University of NH heard a rumor tickets would be going on sale at the Music Hall Box Office. We drove down the evening before and spent the night on the street in front of the box office. When they did start selling tickets, we scored 12 floor tickets (2 per person) then got back in line and went through again. Russell meanwhile took the T back to his hometown and emptied out his savings account. We returned to UNH with 76 tickets and sold them all in the dorm (Gibbs Hall). We rented 2 school buses driven by older folks who turned a blind eye to everything. They pulled up to the music hall, put on the flashers and we all disembarked to crazy cheers from the crowd outside. The show was outstanding and the bus ride home dreamy.
Reviewer: Satori70 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2012
Subject: I miss you guys
At times this show has real brilliance (Peggy-O & others quickly come to mind), but at other times it seems as though they are 'just going through the motions'. The crowd appears to have plenty of energy, and it helps to fuel the raucous versions, but overall maybe a bit under five stars in kindness for preservation and recording gratitude. 'Cuz I love that dirty water, Boston your my home' ! Thank you family ~
Reviewer: sjrw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2012
Subject: Been a long long time. . . .
Ok, a story to tell. . . 56 yrs old now, lifelong deadhead, was in college in 1978 in Boston, we all knew the Dead were in town. Anyway, I also knew they stayed during that period at the Parker House, and somehow miraculously ran spotted Donna Jean and her long lusious maine running into the CVS on Tremont St at about 1:00pm the day of their first show on the 13th. Despite my shyness of a 21 yr old in the midst of an idol I somehow approached her in the aisle of the CVS and struck up a conversation in which she immediately and somewhat surprisingly reciprocated in a very very friendly manner. Anyway, to make a long story short, she told me Jerry was (as usual during the Boston trips, staying w/ "friends" in Cambridge, Bobby was not yet awake, Keith was God knows where, etc, etc, etc)... . of course the show was sold out though when I finally got to the topic of tickets, she astoundingly offered to have two tickets in my name set aside in will call. Sure enough, my spouse at the time, Ellen, and I went to the Music Hall, picked up our tix and attended the show. . . True story - honest!
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2010
Subject: Vault please. This Peggy-o is divine
They are squeezing it out all night.

Peggy o!!!!!!
Jack straw
1/2 step
The playing gets especially out there
Actually just about everything

Show 6
Sound 3
Reviewer: direwolf0701 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2006
Subject: right on
Comfotador - right on with that Peggy-O recommendation. One of the best outside of the jawdrapping Englishtown '77 version (hands down the best ever imho). Thanks for pointing that one out - my favorite ballad that Jerry ever performed. what a truly beautiful song - and Jerry's solo is gorgeous in this version.
Reviewer: comfortador - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2006
Subject: good recording for era, with some show highlights
recording is very good for the era, decent by objective modern standards: an A- 70's tape, C+ objectively (though I am quite the harsh grader), meaning it's good enough to create the "suspension of disbelief" and put you There if you let it...but just barely.

The Peggy-O is one of the finest I have ever heard, and it is one of my favorite Jerry ballads. If you like the song, at least stream this version. It's a treat.
Reviewer: Tie-Dyed Tom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2006
Subject: 10Jed was very hot!
Enjoyed the whole show from start to finish. Highlights for me were 10Jed (which I kept feeling like, "this can't get hotter or higher" and it kept on going).

Crowd was very into the show and when that happens there is always something magical. Playin' > Drums > Black Pete > Playin' was very nice. (Sparked my curiosity to go find other interesting Playin' > XXX > Playin' transitions).

High energy level and loved the way they took it down nice and mellow in Around & Around and then whipped it back up to a frenzy.
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2006
Subject: Hmmmm
I don't know, I checked this one out, it's alright, there's easily 10 maybe 20 shows in 78 above this one. I thought a lot of the first set was rather tepid. Maybe worth a stream. Nice Black Peter. Slowest Franklin's of 78?? It's of the 76 variety, worlds away from the red rocks 78. try 12/28/78, it crushes this
Reviewer: TimePilot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2005
Subject: Everybody Polka! This one's HOT!!!
This is the best AUD I've downloaded from '78. In addition, the dead are ON. Check out the smokin' Jack Straw for a sampler to see what I mean. Beautiful Peggy-O (my favorite of all time), and also (I never thought I'd say this) my favorite Mexicali ever!!! "Everybody Polka!" Also, for you "unique transition" freaks, check out the Black Peter > Playin''s as twisted as they come.

Excellent sound quality for a '78 AUD...4.25 stars (just for flubbed lyrics on Franklin's, otherwise a 5), setlist 4.25 = 4.416 overall.
Reviewer: Mr. Charlie - Lambertville - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2005
Subject: Agreed - This ones HOT
I am partial to the Mississippi/Franklins. It's rockin. The AUD qulaity is excellent and you can hear the sheer adoration of the Heads in Mass and the band's appreciation of them. If i'm not mistaken, this night and the following night were the last at this great venue. By the sound of it the place was smokin on a cool fall evening. OH Yeah I forgot--- This evening fell on my 16th birthday. I was a t prep school not far from Boston. My first show wasn't until the next fall.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2005
Subject: Hot show
This is a great high energy show from a year that was uneven especially in the back half after Egypt. Half Step>Franklins is very very hot and the around and around they close with you can hear the crowd rocking. Yes it's true they flub the lyrics but from an energy standpoint this show cannot be beat and the sound is quite good. Some may not agree but I think this deserves higher than 4, there are less than a dozen 5's I think in '78 and this should be one of them. Shrine, Cap Theatre, Red Rocks etc.
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